Do Auto Repair Shops Do Car Safety Checks?

The shortest answer we can give, yes! However, there is more to having a safety check at a repair shop that you should know before making an appointment that can save you some money in the long run. So, if you’re interested in saving a few dollars, here’s an idea: do a quick safety inspection of your vehicle yourself and make any necessary repairs before you take it in to your local mechanic for the official car inspection.

Here’s What Mechanics are Required to Look At:

Brake Performance

It’s no secret that breaks are an important safety feature on your car. If the mechanic finds that your breaks are worn down or not working properly, your car won’t pass inspection. Have them checked ahead of time and get your brake pads replaced if needed before the inspection to help it go smoothly and quickly.

Steering and Alignment

An auto mechanic will inspect all components of your car’s steering system. If anything’s found to be loose or failing, they’ll let you know what specifically needs to be fixed to pass muster. If your car’s alignment is slightly off, it might be overlooked. But more serious alignment issues are going to have to be fixed to pass a vehicle inspection.


Look for cracks, chips, and loose seals since these are considered safety hazards. There are a lot of shops that offer free rock-chip repair, so if you’ve got a crack or a chip, be sure to get it fixed ahead of time.

Condition of Your Tires

Old, worn down tires won’t help you pass a safety inspection. Check the wear indicator bar on your tires. If the tread is worn down to that point or further, get new tires before the inspection. The safety check also includes the condition of your spare, so check that as well. Also, make sure the tires on your car are the same size and style. Even if they have good tread, having randomly sized tires could make your car flunk the safety inspection.

Seat Belt Functionality

As a rule, in order to pass a vehicle inspection your car’s seat belts have to be easily accessible, in good shape, and in perfect working order. This goes for the back seat as well as the front, so be sure to check these as well.

Remember that vehicle inspections are there to make sure that our cars don’t fall apart as we’re driving down the street, putting ourselves or other people in jeopardy. So, take your safety inspection as seriously as you’d want other drivers to take theirs. If you have more questions about the safety check of your vehicle give us a call today at Chapman Auto Repair.